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Artist-Made
artists taking business into our own hands
Artist Entrepreneurship is steadily on the rise.
T means delivering collectible pieces of apparel that will make you feel like you are art come to life.
Each item we make is a maximum of 30 supply, to keep it special, and also, to honor our responsible side.
Instead of producing in masses, we make our items one at a time. This keeps us a zero-waste company and our quality high!
Limited Edition
collectible production meets responsible supply
Creating what we wish to see in the world is a central part of our vision at Outsider Supply.
This means delivering collectible pieces of apparel that will make you feel like you are art come to life.
Each item we make is a maximum of 30 supply, to keep it special, and also, to honor our responsible side.
Instead of producing in masses, we make our items one at a time. This keeps us a zero-waste company and our quality high!

Philosophy of Total Art
An Essay On The Philosophy  Total Art

What is Total Art?

Surely this term is out there, people have already come up with so much stuff, but for our purposes now, know that I am making this up!

Total Art is the idea of looking at all of life and existence through the proverbial Lens of Art.

And what is Art, anyway? For the sake of this conversation, let’s let ourselves say that Art is truly and simply a Way. A way of looking, a way to be seen, a way thinking, perspective, on object or thing.

So, what makes something a piece of Art? Is it the fact of isolating an item and placing it in the Gallery?

Now, our notions of Words continue to change. That’s the nature of language, it’s rather a Verb. That meaning embeds over time and context. We call it History, Culture, Experience or Memory.

In Art History, we think of the progression of primitive cave paintings to the Renaissance. We think of the galleries of Chelsea, New York. We think of Land Art, Conceptualism and now, at this moment in time, what you might call “Post Post Post”. The Gallery with no walls, the Human without gender, the Performance with no audience, the Writer with no thought.

I have always been a fan of Relational Aesthetics.

This is the concept that the Art is not activated until the Audience is present.

Started in 1994 by Rikrit Taravanji, Relational Aesthetics appeared as the artist making Pad Thai in the gallery space, the artwork only to be complete when the Audience showed up to eat.

The Experience was part of the Art. The Viewer became essential. A part of a Living Work.

And I always thought that was very fun. It felt, to me, to bring a sort of Magic to every day life.

Because no matter how much you might even love Art, everyone must admit, that while a day spent wandering the museum halls can be lovely, it can also be easily boring.

Oh dear!

So what is the bridge to that Ephemeral Enchantment? The feeling of something hard to articulate that’s going on inside of there? An Art Experience?

Well it’s the Mind, I tell you!

It’s the Mind.

It’s Your Mind

And It has to take You There.

Beyond the helpful aspects of a well-lit space and well-positioned affects that help you find your way (which is altogether Controversial for the Artist’s Sake, as you walk the possibly tenuous line (if You get caught up in that Space) between social experiment and didactic take - how much do you Explain? So much is at Stake...). Is Art to be confined to a group of Institutional Persons, an Established Canon, an Agreed Upon Space (the Privately Owned Gallery, the Four Walls of the Museum, the Publicly Funded Sculpture Garden, the School of Art)? What about Art For Art’s Sake?

So let’s step past all of the Rules and Regulations we put in Our Own Way, and simply don the lens of Total Art, In Every Way.

This means simply to IMAGINE and THINK, to see EVERYTHING unfolding before you as a CREATIVE SCENE. Some things candid, spontaneous, derived.

Some things intentional, designed and contrived. (See, we’ve struck the Controversy, again, that the “Artist”, through their decisions, is in fact, making “Designs”.)

Much of this Rhetoric, (and that is The Point!) takes only the Meaning that we have Enjoined.

So in this dialogue about Total Art (and we DO want a dialogue, please share your thoughts!), we want to simplify this artsy talk and suggest the idea that sometimes in life, you might want you put your Art Glasses on, brush you Art Hair and wear your Art Cap, feel with your Art Body and love with your Art Heart.

Life always holds beauty, even the hard parts. Sometimes, for fun, for intellectual curiosity, for mastering the art of your perspective, you might enjoy it, too, if you simply see it as A GREAT WORK OF ART.

Non-Petroleum Fibers
an essay on our use of non-petroleum fibers
We make garments from non-petroleum fibers.
What does that mean?
That means that we do not use polyester, acrylic, nylon, or spandex. Instead, we opt for fibers like cotton, silk, wool, and hemp.
Why?
Research proves that skin contact with petroleum-based fibers is harmful to our health.
The Short Story :
Materials like polyester cause your genes to change and and alter your metabolism (the way your body processes food) to prone to storing fat. The technical word used by scientists is obesogenic, and it has been proven that this unfortunate effect can extend for generations. 
Let's take a deeper look.
For the benefit of your health, we choose to make our garments from non-petroleum fibers.
In addition to promoting the power of self-expression through artful apparel, sustainability and wellness are central to our philosophy at Outsider Supply.
That is why we use 100% non-petroleum fibers in all of our garments.
Right now, we offer 100% cotton goods, and we look forward to expanding our offerings in time to include plant-based fibers, such as modal and lyocell, which are made from tree material and plant-generated cellulose, and sustainable animal-based fibers, such as wool and silk.
In this day and age, it is very common to see brands selling garments made of recycled plastic in the name of sustainability.
While it is true that finding a good use for previously used plastics is essential, it is also true that there is a growing body of research illuminating the unfortunate effects of human exposure to plastics, including through skin contact with plastic-based fibers, such as polyester, and commonly used clothing dyes.
For decades, synthetic fabrics, like polyester, have been a favorite material for clothing because of its true versatility.
Nowadays, it’s a huge trend to see companies promoting their use of recycled plastic in garments as a practice of sustainability.
Unfortunately, there are serious downsides to donning plastic-based fibers (note traditional plastic is derived from petroleum), so we are choosing differently.
Petroleum-based fibers are shown to negatively affect the normal function of the endocrine system - that’s right, your all-important endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and regulating all your body’s hormones.
The endocrine system is composed of the pineal and pituitary in the brain, the parathyroid and thyroid gland in the throat, the adrenals and kidneys in the abdomen, and the ovaries and testes in the reproductive region.
These endocrine-interrupting plastics are classified as obesogens, or environmental factors that contribute to obesity.
How does that work?
An obesogen alters metabolism, which is controlled by the endocrine system, and creates a situation where calorie intake is not processed normally, and instead, causes the subject to abnormally store fat.
These chemicals cause the subject to have more and bigger fat cells, leading to obesity disorder.
Exposure to obesogens that resulted in obesity was shown in one study to affect to exposed subject's next four generations, causing these proceeding generations to have a tendency toward obesity or to become obese with low to normal calorie intake, even if the subjects in those proceeding generations had not been exposed to environmental obseogenic substances themselves.
In other words, exposure to environmental obesogens in one generation can lead to heredity obesity, or a tendency toward obesity that can be passed genetically to subsequent generations.
Therefore! We at Outsider Supply, who care deeply about your wellness and wellbeing as much as we care about our own, find it both an honor and a responsibility to bring you products that not only stimulate your mind through art, but also protect and respect your body through materiality.
Also, nature is awesome, and we love to promote the natural way, always!
This might go against the grain of what's mainstream, but then again, you'll find that is a theme here with us.
It is not to condemn any person or business selling wearable plastics, but rather it is to do our part to share information that is truly crucial to our generation and the generations to come!
Thank you for your attention, Outsider! We hope this information is helpful in your life, and that you can know with confidence that our garments are made with the best intentions toward your whole person in mind.
To your health, to love, and to light!
SOURCES

Axe, Josh. “Dr. Josh Axe on Facebook Watch.” Facebook Watch, 2019, www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156578890771178.
Chamorro-García, Raquel, and Bruce Blumberg. “Transgenerational Effects of Obesogens and the Obesity Epidemic.” Current Opinion in Pharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4297575/.
Holtcamp, Wendee. “Obesogens: an Environmental Link to Obesity.” Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Feb. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279464/.
Le Magueresse-Battistoni, Brigitte, et al. “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Mixture and Obesity, Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders.” World Journal of Biological Chemistry, Baishideng Publishing Group Inc, 26 May 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5439162/.